Haudi everyone! I'm still a semi-new member (rarely on here), but I'm not new to Mk4's when it comes to wrenching on them.:P
I figured my hoopty 20th Anniversary was worth leaving documented on here in case she leaves my ownership.
Note: Hoenequin isn't perfect and I don't aim to restore her into pristine condition. I like the idea of my cars having a story, and mismatched parts/ paint is a part of that. I apologize in advance if you guys come in hoping to see me fully restore her. I will try to somewhat do that if the opportunity arises, but it isn't my goal (being in college doesn't help either, but it doesn't stop me!) She will wear as much of her battle marks as she can. Plus it also fits with her name. Being that her plate includes HOE, she has mismatched parts, and the number plate is missing so I will never know what number she is. It also doesn't help that I'm her eleventh owner! ;)
Storytime: I first saw her posted up for sale on Letgo. She had been the victim of a hit and run (strange circumstances that I still question myself). The damage had been to the point that she was undrivable, at least that's what the description stated. I somewhat knew what I was getting myself into. Especially after taking into consideration that I had previously gone airborne in my 01 GTI, damaging the driver's side knuckle as a result. The pictures made it seem like it was going to be a pretty similar approach in regards to repair, except for the damaged panels of course. I messaged the owner and asked if the chassis was damaged. His response was, "yes, everything." After hearing that I had a, "ok then what," kind of moment. I ended up arranging to go just check her out, but the rented u-haul said otherwise. Before even seeing her in person, I had already decided I was saving her from a potential junkyard fate. After a two hour trip to her resting place, my friends and I were met with a pretty depressing GTI. She lay in pretty much the same spot she had when she had been hit. After checking her over and chit-chatting back and forth, she was mine for $700. This is pretty much where my ownership of her begins.
What I saw when I saw her listing:
7/8/2019: She is taken to safety. After getting her home, the chassis isn't damaged like the owner stated she was. Although one can assume why he would think so, looking at the pictures that is.
7/9-11/2019: I pretty much get her back to a drivable state. After finding out the axles are broken and the front end suspension is severely damaged. I make various junkyard runs and scrounge a knuckle and some janky struts and shocks just for getting her back in shape. The axles are replaced with some O'Reilly's replacements, again just to get her back. After swapping out the axles and suspension, she is now driving under her own power, albeit not in her greatest. I find out that the driver's side LCA is slightly bent and the passenger side knuckle is bent as well. Another junkyard run nets me those. With that done she is at least sitting straight, but not all the way. The janky wheels have bent from the hit and are wobbling hard, so out they'll go eventually ( I planned to get rid of them from the get-go). After finishing up and getting her driving, next comes the bumper and fender. Ones from a normal black one will have to do for now.
7/11-31/2019: Shaking things down, and getting her road legal! After swapping out the janky wheels for some slightly less janky fat fives, she doesn't wobble while driving anymore. Next comes getting her to pass smog. From what I knew when buying her, she had an aftermarket cat and was throwing up codes. I was told I would have to do the forbidden smog, but that wasn't happening. I ended up buying a factory cat (also knocked out two birds with one stone and scored the OEM lip!) and swapped it in, only to find out that the o2 sensor was throwing a code because it wasn't plugged in all the way. Regardless the aftermarket cat had to come out as it was held on by two nuts. A factory cat and a bit of driving around to work and home later end with her passing smog the legit way. From here, she is now *done* when it comes to saving her.
8/1-31/2019: Little things here and there.. Now that she's driving and legal, I can do some *refreshing*. Out goes the old and blown temporary suspension, and in go in some ching chong coil boys. At the moment, it's a small price to pay if it means she doesn't ride horrible. I also begin assessing the interior situation by cleaning it. Out goes the janky radio wiring and in goes in a *factory* radio (RCN 210). While fixing the factory amplifier wires, I find a what turns out to be a poorly rigged GPS tracker. After realizing what it is, it is promptly yeeted into a dumpster! (NOTE: I still wonder if this has anything to do with the hit and run circumstances..) Unfortunately, the fancy brushed panels are most if not all gone, and with the price of getting replacements. I decide to just go with black trim and the old door switch trim from my 01. I also swap out the chonky boy fat fives with the Montreal II's from my 01.
9/1/2019-Present: Waiting... I have acquired the whole headliner and trim from a GTI that I'll wrap with black fabric. Being my first 1.8t, I am learning a completely new maintenance process. With my 01 being a VR6, timing chains were the sketchy part. I knew about these being simpler to work on, but it's still a process. I have bought a complete timing belt kit with all the doohickeys and whistles and wait for them to arrive. For now, I continue with the headliner rewrap and finish painting the OEM lip.
I will work on my photography as I continue to document Hoenequin's journey, so again I apologize!:(
P.S. Feel free to ask about anything you spot or want to know more about, there is a lot to discuss when it comes to Hoenequin. Perhaps even figuring out what anniversary number she is? If it helps, she's spent most of her life in the Bay Area from what I've researched.
Coming up soon on a year of saving this hoe from going to a junkyard, and I figured I'd dump an update.
8/2019: Up to Speed... Let's see, on the last installment of HOENEQUIN Z. I had found a complete interior trim from another GTI...uh that didn't turn out great but it got the job done. Let's just say the black fabric I used gave the interior a 70's porno room vibe. It was better than the gutted thrasher mobile vibe at least. For a minute I did nothing..
8/19: Also had time inbetween and fired up FM4 just to get a memory trip on what started the addiction...
9/2019: Intermission...The timing belt kit I ordered from FCP, showed up with missing parts but they fixed the issue lickity split. While waiting on the timing belt kit, I tried paint matching the lip I bought, it came out decent (before and after pictures did it no justice at that moment, better pictures below).
9/2019: Priorities and Lazyness...The timing belt arrived, but I got carried away helping my friend fix his GTI with a blown headgasket. For that time, Hoenequin remained in the garage for a minute. After that, I changed the timing belt and all was good. Only mixed up the fuel lines once...definitely didn't get scared thinking I had messed up the timing and bent my valves. No one needs a photo of the same ol same enginebay after a timing belt..
10/2019-12/2019: Daily Duties...After doing the timing belt, nothing big changed aside from replacing the fuel lines. I did get rid of the janky painted taillights for some stock ones and sheesh they made a difference! Also swapped my BBS RXII's for my friend's Ariettas off his head gasket GTI and swapped them in for a minute, just so I felt like I had Aristos and so I could put my Montreal II's back on my VR. Aside from that, it was just the normal work and school routine. Picked up an engine from PNP just to build it and see what fun can be had, no plans yet.
I was really digging that dirt on the sideskirt look for a minute.
My other friend and his 24V when he used to work next to me.
1/2020: Nothing major...Finally put tires on some Audi Fat Fives I had laying around and rocked them on Hoenequin, looked cool at first but it died off pretty quick. Looked tacky, even though I oogled at a picture of a BMP 20th on them before I even had mine.
2/2020: This is the Way...Just before I headed out to a meet, I found out my radiator was leaking. Seems like a typical Volkswagen thing right before important things, but this is the way. Took the opportunity to swap in a new rad support along with the radiator, also found out there's some fitment issues after a result of being hit, but it doesn't bother me. At some point, I also got rid of the ching chongs and got some JOM Bluelines. I like em, they've done my VR good, and they do the same for Hoenequin.
3/2020: The Art of the Deal...After getting bored with the Fat Fives, I got the itch to start searching for Aristos. Within the span of a week, I found one set that I was going to buy for $500, but got flaked on even after offering my Fat Fives for trade. Kept looking and found a GTI that had them and asked if I could buy the wheels..no response. Got a little anxious and offered $500 for them..no response, added my wheels on top..no response. A day passed and was replied to with, "you can have em if you buy the car." Moved on until the next day, where a set pops up for $500 and I jump on them ASAP. After a wait and worry about being flaked on, they're mine! All of a sudden within the span of a few hours, the previous 2 offers start changing their minds and taking my offers, but too late.
3/2020: A Piece of the Puzzle... Found a GLI steering wheel to replace mine that was worn out. Found some Aluminium trims minus the ashtray and door handles. Unfortunately, I had to mend the trim pieces but they work and I think it goes along with the car's story. Might even make a fake 20th decal with No.X since I probably won't ever know what number Hoenequin is. Also found some other bits and bobs but they're fun knick knacks for myself.
Better mismatched trim than no trim at all!
4/2020: The Puzzle Piece Motherload!... Found a 20th that was being parted out and went to get the hatch, rear bumper, drivers door since mine weren't that great and the drivers fender since it's not BMP. BOY O BOY did I hit the motherload! Aside from the parts I was initially going for, minus the fender since it was rusted. I ended up driving away with a complete headliner/ pillars, the front bumper, an exhaust setup, a hood, pistons, a head, tools, sideskirts, a ton of engine parts that don't seem important till you need em, and a whole lot more..It was like an all you can take scenario, the owner had even more to give but we had no space at the end, well worth it even if we drove home cramped. I also found out that the Aristos I bought were from that exact car, with the owner telling me I probably wouldn't have paid that much had I gone earlier, but oh well...still got cool stuff though!
4/2020: Piecing my Puzzle Together...After a while of putting it off, I put the interior and body parts on Hoenequin. The only thing missing is the front bumper and sunroof shade, but that'll come soon.
4/2020: Back to the Norm...Not much changed during this time, just my normal routines with the lack of a wash because of the weather acting up and my home dirtying cars up in less than a day.
5/2020: One of the Last Remaining Puzzle Pieces?...Saw a 20th get thrown into a PNP, but didn't go when it was first thrown in, really regret it because it had everything inside including the seats, but by the time I actually went to check it out it was gutted... oh well, I snooze I lose. I did manage to find myself a drivers side fender under that white wrap.
6/2020: Hoenequin Carries On... Haven't done much at the moment with Hoenequin, since I've shifted my attention on my VR. Still have to put the bumper, door and fender on, but I'm overall happy. I did get the aluminium door handles from EuroPlusParts, so that's a thing I suppose. Still haven't done much to the PNP engine, but time will tell. Might dabble around and chuck a two-step tune and downpipe, but for now I'm vibing.
This thread was a good read, currently working on a similar restoration/OEM+ build on my jazz blue 20th #3651 that I saved and decided to resurrect about 9 months ago from a small town in Idaho. Do you have an Instagram I could follow to keep up on the build man?
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